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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Inklings Blog Hop



Welcome to The INKlings' Team's first ever blog hop. You may have arrived here from Carolyn Campbell-McLeans blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you've checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.
What style of card do we frequently get asked for inspiration for? More often than not it's masculine cards, be it little boys or grandfathers everyone seems to struggle with cards for the males in ou lives. So as a team we thought we'd help you out by providing you with 20 team members' fantastic blogs that you can hop through and get lots of fantastic ideas from.
Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email Michelle Dyson at michelle.dyson@bigpond.com and let her know you've done so and you'll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 20 handmade cards plus other goodies. Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU demonstrators.


I am going to start this post with first admitting that I actually like making male cards. I think they are a great excuse to really play with texture and hardware.
This is a card I made this morning using my brand new stamp set Owl Together Now. I think this will make a great card for my husband from the kids and I. I used dry embossing with the Big Shot, heat embossing, grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, brads and faux stitching all to add texture and interest. The twig is a real one from the garden, hey, it saved time cutting one out!

That little linen bow does double duty, it actually holds the twig to the paper.
I used all the retiring blues on this card. Boy I am going to miss them!
This is a quick card I made last night. And I have to confess I forgot just how hard black is to photograph!
I stamped the Sanded background stamp in versamark and clear embossed for some texture, and also added some brads, used stampin' dimensionals, faux stitching and ribbon for texture. I think this card would work well for a teenage boy.
I hope you can just see the background in this pic. The patterned paper is from the Urban Oasis pack. The stamp is from the Starring You set.

This is another card I made last night. Does it look familiar? It's a direct case from the one in the catalogue. I have always loved this card and thought what better time than to whip one up. This was actually the first card I made last night, just to get the creative juices flowing and give me some time to think up some other designs.


I even got out my Color Spritzer Tool for this card. (Note to self - must use this more often, it creates a great effect.)


Don't you just love those clips. I think they are so incredibly cute and add such a wonderful element to any project.
Well that's all from me. Next stop on the INKlings' Team Blog is Clare at http://craftycowcreations.blogspot.com/ Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy. If you have never left a comment before, it's really easy, just click on the word comment below this entry and leave your email and a comment. Good luck.

24 comments:

Rachel Jackson said...

WOW Fantastic.
Rach:)

Crafty Cow said...

woohoo michelle! i love your work. that owl card is just superb and my daughter aged 6 thinks it is 'da bomb!'

Fiona said...

Gorgeous cards Michelle !

Lea Lloyd said...

Fantastic cards....I like 1 and 2 especially. so many great techniques.

daniholland said...

The owl card is my favourite - I just love the real stick!

kari said...

wow! They are gorgeous cards Michelle! Love them all, but espcially the owl one! so cute!!

Sandybeaches said...

Oh just so inspirational:)Thanks!

Kylie S said...

Great cards Michelle!

Michelle said...

SO many great ideas there Michelle! I'm pinching all of them. Yep, every single one LOL!
thanks for sharing, xx (another)michelle

stampinground said...

You've made me go out and look at 'the other side' of my papers, so I can CASE the Starring You card. Thanks for the reminder about the spritzer too!

Sue W said...

Gorgeous All of them!

sharna said...

hi, thanks for sharing your creations are wonderful, and i love them all it is hard to choose just one to single out

Joan said...

All of your cards were really nice, I loved them all.

Christie Wallace said...

Gorgeous work Michelle. Love the branch

my info said...

love the twig with the owls! so clever...all your cards are amazing!

Margaret L Crawford said...

20/20 I finished. I love your cards Michelle, Well done.

Lydia said...

wow, creative and truly inspiring. I love your designs.

Lydia said...

Wow, Great cards, fantastic ideas.
The owl one is soooooo cute.

Dinky Di said...

I too will miss the blues. Your black card came out great. Good job

Sarah said...

What a great idea this blog hop is1 Can't wait to get some inspiration. your cards are beautiful as always Michelle!

Christine Blain said...

Michelle, all of your cards are AMAZING! LOVE the owl one especially. I agree with you - male cards are really enjoyable to make. You've done a beautiful job with all your cards; thanks for the fantastic ideas!

Becky said...

Lovely Cards :)

Patrice said...

Hi Michelle

There is a 'beautiful blogger' award over on mine for you to collect :o)

I really love your work!

Caroline Colgan said...

Hi Michelle
Have just been browsing your blog - your cards are beautiful! You have so many great ideas that I haven't seen anywhere else!